A senior chief petty officer deeply in dept as a result of two bad marriages, embezzled $56,000 from the Chief’s Mess (meal) fund aboard the amphibious assault ship Bataan. In another case, an award-winning Navy female first class petty officer was arrested for participating in a drug ring that manufactured and distributed methamphetamine in Hawaii.
Also, there is the case of a senior Defense Department contracting officer and three others who were indicted for corruption in what federal prosecutors say was a scam to award $11 million in contracts to a firm they secretly held financial interests in.
Was this a case of espionage? Did the sailor give information to the terrorists that would aid them in an act of terrorism against Navy ships? I’ll be following this case closely.
After leaving the Navy, I did security work as a Defense Department civilian employee for many years. And as a writer, I’ve gone on to cover a good number of stories about the military.
Note: The above Crime Beat column originally appeared in the Orchard Press Online Mystery Magazine in 2004.